Storm season has started here in Tofino. We get more rain than most! Around 16 feet per year,but I always say no such thing as bad weather……only bad clothing!
The storm season is upon us! We have 6 frontal systems lining up like 747’s coming in for a landing! Plenty of rain & wind to go around for everyone.The wildlife tends to hunker down when they come ashore.Might not be able to get out for at least a weeks time? Tis the season of boredom!
The wind has been strong the last few days. Whenever it gets that way,I stay in. I saw a clearing coming on the satellite & thought I’d go out to the beach & wait for the light?
I waited about a hour & a half. The light came out yes,but briefly at best! These shots show how dramatically the light was changing. I shot all of these within 60 minutes of each other.
Always a mix bag when stormy weather moves in!
It was yet another stormy,rainy day in Tofino! I think I’m going to need a shrink if this keeps up? Only one word describes this accurately………….”SUCKS”!
It doesn’t look very good for the future either! Oh joy!
This time of the year is the most trying! I’ll get out sooner or later & forget all about this!
About 20 minutes or so had gone by from the time I took the first shot & the second! You can see the remarkable difference in the lighting!
After I shot this,I turned around & came back in for the night. I noticed while I was putting away my gear,this sailing boat coming back into the harbour!
A wise choice after seeing that storm to the south!
The wind was up today to it’s old tricks! The power went out & flickered a few more times.
A very active day!
I obviously didn’t go out today, so I went out to the beach.
A strong Low pressure system pushed through Tofino today. I started watching the Low pressure system approach us early this morning. When I get up in the morning,I go to the Weather Networks Satellite/Radar site.
I see whats coming our way. I noticed that the rear end of that Frontal system was 100 klicks to the SW. It was tracking fast! I knew that it would arrive here in a few hours. I also saw some clearing’s in behind! I was hopeful to get some storm shots today!
I loaded up my gear and headed out to Frank Island. I always like to go there. From Frank island looking to the West there is a large rock that has waves crashing up against it and the Lighthouse is directly in behind!
Basically the Lighthouse is point “A” and the rock with the waves crashing is point “B”. I line up A & B and that gives me my sweet spot……”C”.
Simple as that!
The light was constantly changing! The wind was blowing very strongly from the SW! It was difficult for me to stand because of it being so windy! I kept my back to the ocean/spray and had my camera inside my jacket to protect it from that salt spray. Salt water and electronics are not good bedfellows.
When I saw a opportunity, I pulled out my camera and shot like a sniper! My lens was getting spray on it from looking into the wind! I had to pick and choose carefully!
You can see in the first shot how the light was so much cooler than the ones below it. The sun came out briefly and warmed up the lights temp!
I love light from the side in a storm! It highlights the wave tops!
Obviously I didn’t go out in my boat today. It’s what I would call “poor canoeing weather”!
I have a little game I play when I’m shooting the Lighthouse with waves crashing in the foreground. I count to myself when the light flashes and than look for a wave to crash just as the light is about to flash again!
I obviously only do it when a storm is (or was) out and about. I need the power of the storm winds to generate large waves! The larger the better!
Can never be too large!
I prefocus,expose and compose the Lighthouse and just hold it there very steady.
I wait for a wave to hit just when the light is going to flash! I can see the reflection of the light in the glass coming around a split second before. It gives me a heads up!
As you can see,I did not get out in my boat today. The clouds were just hanging around all day!
I decided to go out to the beach and see what was going on? Theres always something happening out there!
I didn’t think too much of the light and was heading across from Frank Island to go home ,when I saw the sun starting to come through the clouds and the lighting started to look very interesting!
I quickly looked around for foreground material and found this wind Trike. (not sure what they are called?)
Saved my butt!
Where this person is ,is a part of Frank Island that one can only get to by crossing a surge channel. Very few people go over there and the owners of the island do not allow just anybody over here.
Frank is a private island. People do go to the centre of Frank to watch the waves,sunsets!
I think this guy must be a friend or relation to the owners? When he came back,he went to the house.
He’s standing in a spot that I want to shoot one of my nude models in. I’ve been waiting for the right conditions to do that. Really tricky stuff!
It has to be at sunrise after a big storm. No clouds to the east,low tide and finding an available model! Not too much to ask for!!
The light looked semi good from the camera at Long Beach Lodge,so I grabbed my gear and headed out to the beach. It was low tide ,so I was able to get to Frank Island. However,by the time I got out there,the light had failed.
Some thicker cloud moved in and diffused the light even more.
The ocean was ripping and producing some large waves!
This Wind Surfer had trouble getting back up when he was blown down. I got only one pass,but a good one at that. I was standing in about 4 feet of surf when he went by!
I think he went in after this pass becasue I did not see him after I shot this?
I brought my chest waders with me because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get out to Frank Island.
I put them on and walked over. The water was about 3 or 4 feet with these splashes hitting me from time to time. I realized that there was no reason for me to endanger my camera with salt water, so put it away in my water proof camera bag after this shot!
I shot this and than found out hours later that a major earthquake had struck Japan. (10pm our time) We are suppose to get a tsunami,but I do not think it will be noticed with all the normal wave activity!
It blew today! A deep low pressure cell passed near us.It brought with it ,high winds and high seas!
I couldn’t get out to Frank Island until later in the day when the tide was further out! The storm surge was creating waves that traveled a great distance!
A friend almost got hurt today! I’m still upset at her that she didn’t see the danger! She was almost crushed by logs against the rocks!
The surf during a storm surge at high tide is one of the most dangerous situations a beach can have! Waves can reach far and fast catching people off guard! Many people are hurt each year from this kind of scenario and some are killed! Logs weighing tons can be like a battering ram ! They can crush someone against the rocks in seconds!
She ended up with a good soaker and me giving her hell for doing something like that to begin with!
Near sunset ,the light peeked through a bit to tease me,but it just didn’t go for me! I got a few today,but nothing to write home about.
I almost always shoot the Lighthouse when I go out to Chestermans! How could I not?
The waves were coming in,but nothing too large. I’ve seen waves go straight over this rock!
The ocean roars for a few days when there is that much energy happening,
and to think it all happens because of the sun! The heating of the earths surface produces very large rising currents that in turn affect the waters surface. It produces large waves(swell) that spread out from the disturbance.